While every canine is a good boy (or girl!), Rumor is the official Top Dog.
The 5-year-old German shepherd won the coveted Best in Show title on Tuesday night at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
As part of the title, Rumor, a.k.a. GCH CH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It V Kenlyn, and her handler Kent Boyles pawed off with a fancy bowl and beautiful ribbon.
Rumor, who won the Herding Group earlier in the show, beat out thousands of other canines from 202 breeds. Adrian the Irish Setter was runner-up, with Chuckie the Pekingese, Astin the miniature poodle, Duffy the Norwegian elkhound, Devlin the Boxer and Tanner the Norwich terrier rounding out the rest of the Best in Show pack.
Rumor was the favorite to win the 2016 Westminster Best in Show, but lost out to CJ the German short-haired pointer. Many expected her to retire — and that was the plan according to Boyles — but in January, Rumor started showing interest in competing again. Listening to his dog’s desires, Boyles started entered her in a string of shows, culminating in Westminster.
Fans of the German shepherd got an inkling that this was Rumor’s year after she beat out Preston the Puli, who, as the current AKC National Champion was the show favorite, in the Herding Group.
Now that Rumor, who is named for the Adele song “Rumor Has It,” has racked up her 104th career win with one of the dog show circuit’s biggest titles, she is officially retiring.
Boyles said that after this win he plans to focus on finding “the perfect husband” for Rumor, which means even more perfect puppies in the future.
To celebrate her big win, Rumor will be treated to a special lunch at famed New York City eatery Sardi’s, a trip to the top of the Empire State Building and much more A-list attention in the days to come. After this whirlwind, Rumor will return home to Wisconsin, where she will eagerly await the return of the Green Bay Packers.